Road commission anticipates financial boost from feds

The director for the St. Clair County Road Commission is hoping to use part of that $1.2 trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill to help improve traffic flow and safety along area roadways. Kirk Weston, speaking to WPHM’s Paul Miller yesterday, says it’s unknown at this time what the county’s share of those federal infrastructure dollars will be, but that hasn’t stopped him however from making out his wish list.

“Surface maintenance, repaving, maybe some safety issues at intersections that we’re seeing out there,” said Weston. “The Marine City Highway corridor, things like that need to be improved… for congestion.”

Last week, the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to spend an initial $145,000 worth of federal COVID-19 relief funds to begin a study on the Marine City Highway/26-Mile road corridor.

Weston says statewide, there will be 563 million dollars available specifically for bridges. One major bridge project includes the Gratiot Road bridge over the Belle River in Columbus Township, which is slated to be replaced next year.

With the upcoming winter driving season, Weston reminds drivers to take your time when heading out on icy and snowy roads and to give plenty of room to snow plows and salt truck drivers to do their jobs.

 

November 22 Kirk Weston